Last reviewed 27 February 2020

The Government has announced plans to consult on a new duty which will require owners of public places and venues to put in place measures to keep the public safe from a terrorist attack.

The measures are designed to improve public safety and security and were recently unveiled by the Security Minister James Brokenshire.

The new “duty to protect” will reflect on lessons learned following the terrorist attacks in 2017, such as that at the Manchester Arena which in which 22 concert goers were killed, as well as more recent attacks.

The proposals also follow discussions with victims’ groups such as the Martyn’s Law campaign, established by Figen Murray whose son was killed in the Manchester Arena attack.

The new law, to be consulted on in the spring of 2020, would require venue operators to consider the risk of a terrorist attack and take proportionate and reasonable measures to prepare for and protect the public from such an attack.

These measures could include increased physical security, having training in place, incident response plans and exercises for staff on what to do during an attack.

James Brokenshire said, “Our first priority is keeping the public safe and preventing more families from suffering the heartbreak of losing a loved one.

“The devastating attacks in 2017, and more recently at Fishmongers’ Hall and Streatham, are stark reminders of the current threat we face. We are in complete agreement with campaigners such as Figen Murray on the importance of venues and public spaces having effective and proportionate protective security and preparedness measures to keep people safe.

“Of course, it is important that this new law is proportionate. This public consultation will ensure we put in place a law that will help protect the public while not putting undue pressure on businesses.”